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Journalists’ Charity shuts home

The Journalists’ Charity (formerly the Newspaper Press Fund) has been forced by financial circumstances to close its nursing home for journalists and their dependants, Pickering House in Dorking, Surrey.

The home, which opened in 2007, has been making substantial losses. The home’s 14 residents have been given three months’ notice to leave, and the charity is working with Social Services to find them all alternative accommodation.

Jill Palmer, who chairs the charity’s board of trustees, said: “It has been a very difficult decision to close Pickering House but a combination of falling demand and increasing costs meant the home had become an unsustainable drain on the charity’s finances.

Our primary duty is to ensure that we have the financial capability to support as wide a range of eligible people in the short, medium and long term. We will of course ensure that current residents at Pickering House are relocated to comparable and suitable accommodation.”